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Zach Badalamenti Hired As Assistant Coach

By Dubuque Fighting Saints, 07/07/22, 11:45AM CDT


Harrison Township, MI Native Comes From Familiar Background

DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Fighting Saints have added Zach Badalamenti as an assistant coach heading into the 2022-23 season. Badalamenti, 29, (Harrison Township, MI) joins Associate Head Coach Evan Dixon and former assistant coach Justin Hale as UW-Stevens Point alumni to stand behind the Fighting Saints’ bench. The 2022-23 season will be Badalamenti’s sixth as a coach. His coaching career began with two seasons on the UW-Stevens Point (NCAA DIII) staff as an assistant in 2017-18 and 2018-19 before moving on to join the Trinity College (NCAA DIII) coaching staff for three seasons.

Badalamenti becomes the first addition that new head coach Kirk MacDonald has made to his coaching staff.

“We couldn’t be more excited to add Zach to our coaching staff,” MacDonald said. “He brings great experience from the college game and his experience working under Matt Greason at Trinity (College) will serve him well as he makes the move to the USHL. We are looking forward to working with him and can't wait to get started in the fall.”

“I’m very excited to join such a historic franchise,” said Badalamenti. “Having the opportunity to work with Kirk, Evan, and Kalle (Larsson), along with so many high-end players is very exciting. I’m very excited to get to Dubuque and get to work."

As a player, Badalamenti was a product of the Little Caesars AAA program before spending four seasons playing junior hockey in the North American Hockey League with four franchises. He finished his NAHL career with the Port Huron Fighting Falcons, where he was an assistant captain while accumulating 38 points in 58 games before moving on to play at UW-Stevens Point for two seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16.